BATTLE OF CHINA: Blood for the Tigers

For three years the Japanese had been bombing China from the coast. Their bombs had crunched through the masonry of every major provincial capital in Free China. They had laughed at the ineffectual popping of Chungking's worn anti-aircraft guns, had shot down fledglings of the Chinese Air Force like wounded ducks.

Last year lean, hardbitten, taciturn Colonel Claire L. Chennault (U.S. Army, retired), adviser to Chiang Kai-shek's Air Force, left Chungking for the U.S. He rounded up U.S. volunteers to fly 100 new P-40s purchased from the U.S. If U.S. aid were...

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